Landlocked Zambia is defined by its great rivers: the Kafue, the Luangwa and the Zambezi. A stay at Chundukwa River Lodge reveals the true heart of the country; right on the banks of the Zambezi, with thatched chalets built on wooden stilts on the riverbank, offering commanding views across the water. Guests can gaze over to Zimbabwe and the Zambezi National Park just on the opposite bank, home to hippos, hyenas and lions.
The secluded bush lodge is owned and run by Doug Evans and Gail Kleinschmidt. Doug built it on the site of Chundu Farm, which has been in his family since the 1960s, and between them they’ve five generations of Zambian history and local knowledge to share — guaranteeing a truly authentic experience.
Chundukwa River Lodge is 15 miles from Livingstone, within easy reach of the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural spectacles. Back at the camp, out of range of the buzzing helicopters taking sightseers over the falls, the lodge is a perfect retreat from the frenetic pace of modern life.
For guests who want to get the pulse racing, there are plenty of activities on offer, from whitewater rafting to bungee jumping — all bookable through the lodge. Sunset cruises, walks through the local village, fishing, treks to see white rhinos and specialist bird walks are just some of the other excursions that can also be arranged.
As well as sharing the lodge with a few adopted animals, guests can get up close to elephants during the months between May and October, when they visit the camp to feed on winter thorn trees and bathe in the river. For those who like to ride, there’s a stable with more than 20 horses just a five-minute walk away.
Keen bird-watchers will find plenty to stimulate, with the rare African finfoot and Livingstone’s Taraco just two of the 100-plus species that can be spotted on the property.
With daily flights into Livingstone airport from Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lusaka and easy road access from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, it’s a straightforward journey to this beautiful retreat.
The chance to observe elephants up close when they visit the camp during the dry months of May-October
Need to know
· 5 thatched chalets
· 1 family cottage
· Plunge pool
· Boat cruises
· Trips to Victoria Falls
· Village walks
· Games drives
· Whitewater rafting